I bought and installed my first CD-R drive back in 1999. It was a balky device that would run at the amazing speed of 2x. About one in three discs would have to be scrapped and redone thanks to the "buffer under run" gambit.
But, boy was I in heaven!
As a fan of mid-sixties garage bands I had spent the previous twenty years buying compilation LPs of obscure tracks. Now here was an opportunity to make my own nearly commercial grade comps!
But what good are CD-Rs without artwork to stuff in their jewel cases?
PowerPoint to the rescue!
Here are some random examples of inserts I've slapped together.
One category of comps are the ones I assemble by either transferring tracks from vinyl or cassettes or downloading from other "sixties-geek" websites. I usually just pick a song title from whatever group I've assembled and use that to name the collection-of-the-moment.
I like to use as much white space as possible to save on the old ink cartridge. It also looks "cleaner" to my eye.
Another category is where a fellow garage band enthusiast has created his own collection of tacks, but might not have done any artwork.
Once again, PowerPoint to the rescue!
Note: The bassist on the "World Without Fuzz" cover has a Vox violin-shaped bass just like one I used to own.
In looking around my hard drive, I found an insert that I ultimately didn't use. In fact, I had completely forgotten about it.
An Internet acquaintance (hi, Lee!) had published the artwork from a mid-sixties Tom & Jerry story and I thought that would pretty funny to use for one of my comps:
Somehow, It must not have filled the bill because I ultimately made new artwork and retitled the same collection of tracks:
Yes, I am a nerd.